Steven Gerrard hails Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed his current manager Brendan Rodgers, and believes that the Northern Irishman is one of the best in the game, according to the Daily Star.

Rodgers took over the reigns at Anfield in 2012 after successfully guiding Swansea City to the Premier League and keeping the Welsh club in the top flight. 

In just his second season as Reds boss the 41-year-old almost steered the Merseyside club to their first Premier League title, finishing second two points behind Manchester City.

Gerrard and Rodgers

Despite the pair only working together for a short period of time, Gerrard has been astonished by just how good Rodgers has been and the Liverpool skipper believes he has one of the best managers in the world working with him.

Speaking to American TV channel NBC, Gerrard said: "Tactically he is very clever, reacts to situations, changes things for the better, see problems and adjusts things very quickly.

"In the two years I have worked with him he is up there with the best of them and I've worked with (Rafael) Benitez, (Fabio) Capello, (Roy) Hodgson - big names.

"He can play any formation he wants to play as he knows he has the personnel and he is not scared to change formation from game to game or tinker with it as the game is going on.

"He is a players' manager, a manager you want to work hard for and win for.

"He shows the players unbelievable respect, he treats them like his own children and creates an unbelievable atmosphere to work in.

"I have been blown away by how sharp he is in the dressing room, how quick he is to see a problem."

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Impressive already

For Gerrard to say Rodgers is a better boss than Rafael Benitez, who took the Reds to the Champions League trophy in 2005 and Gerard Houllier, who coached the treble winning side in 2001, is a massive statement.

During his two years on Merseyside, Liverpool have been highly impressive.

Rodgers has come in and encouraged a youth policy at Anfield, with the majority of his signings being young. When you look at the players he has brought to Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Lazar Markovic to mention three - they are all youthful players who Rodgers has nurtured to play his style of football.

The former Watford boss encourages an attacking style of play at Liverpool that coincides with fast passing and cutting edge pace.

When Rodgers took over at the club, Liverpool were struggling to say the least. They had just finished eighth in the Premier League and the squad was surrounded with mediocre players.

However Rodgers has worked his way with the side - bringing in new players and improving what he already had.

Jordan Henderson was bought a season previous for £16 million and he very much flopped in his first campaign on Merseyside. However, the Liverpool boss nurtured Henderson into a regular in his side and also a regular in the England team.

Another player who Rodgers has worked wonders with is Raheem Sterling. The youngster never got a chance when previous managers Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson were in charge, but Rodgers recognised his abilities and gave Sterling his chance,

The Northern Irishman's faith has very much been rewarded, as Sterling has become one of the best and most feared players in the Premier League, despite still being a tender age of 19.

Silverware is the target

Now, after just missing out on the Premier League, the target for Rodgers is bringing silverware back to Mereyside. Liverpool have not won a trophy since they captured the 2012 League Cup against Cardiff City and Gerrard knows it is not good enough. 

On the matter of trophies, Gerrard said: "He (Rodgers) has been here for two years and I think he is desperate to get a trophy in the cabinet - that is goal number one.

"It is very important we maintain our place in the Champions League but after the journey we went on last year and the confidence we gained from it I think we are genuine title contenders as we have proved we can mix it with anyone in this league."

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